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~ STOLEN IMAGES - PEOPLE & POWER IN THE FILMS OF RAOUL PECK’. ‘Sometimes in April’ is considered by many to be the definitive drama about the genocide in Rwanda. Idris Elba stars as the Hutu caught between both sides as he tries to protect his Tutsi wife and their children. It’s a thrilling, sensitively observed drama and a highly articulate commentary on historical colonialism and the failure of the international community to prevent bloodshed. On Fri 11 Dec at 5.50pm at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1. Tel: 020 7928 3232. Web: www.bfi.org.uk
~ BLACK HISTORY WALKS PRESENT ‘BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION’. On Sun 13 Dec at 6pm at Phoenix Cinema, 52 High Road, Finchley, London, NW2. Tel: 020 8444 6789. Web: www.phoenixcinema.co.uk
~ BRITISHBLACKMUSIC.COM/BLACK MUSIC CONGRESS PRESENTS
- ‘History Of Black History Month In Britain & Harrow’. On Mon 14 Dec at 6.30-8.30pm. With history consultant Kwaku www.bit.ly/HarMen
- ‘Youths’ Take On British History 50:70’. On Mon 21 Dec at 6.30-8.30pm. With Harrow BHM Group youth volunteers Antonio & Marcel Phillip www.bit.ly/HarM
All events at Harrow Mencap 1st floor, 3 Jardine House, Harrovian Business Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow, HA1 3EX. Adm: Free. E-mail: editor@BritishBlackMusic.com Web: www.BritishBlackMusic.com
~ I’NYASHA PROMOTIONS PRESENT ‘AFRIMANTIC: END OF YEAR AFRICAN-CARIBBEAN EXPLOSION!’ Afrimantic is a refreshing & unique party experience for ravers who appreciate a wide variety of Afrikan music. It’s all about the vibe, the music & the energy. So come, Let loose, meet someone new & dance! The prefect way to get your Kwanzaa / festive season started. It’s Afrimantic! DJs on the night will be: Natural Mystic; Sid Mercutio; and Phat Kontrolaz. On Sat 19 Dec at Kimos Wine Bar, 184 Stoke Newington High St, London, N16 7JD. Adm: Limited Edition Early Bird - £5 / Standard - £7 / £10 b4 12am / MOTD. Tel: 07534 001 376 / 07896 462 408 / 07889 281 809. Web: www.inyasha.shoobs.com
~ TIWANI CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS ‘FRANCISCO VIDAL: WORKSHOP MAIANGA MUTAMBA’. An exhibition of new works by Francisco Vidal and his first solo show in the UK. Workshop Maianga Mutamba is derived from Vidal’s practical working methodology, which considers the notion of the artist as a machine and the studio as a workshop, and advocates machine-based mass production as the means of creating a better world. The exhibition focusses on Vidal’s machete paintings, an ongoing series in which he paints vividly coloured cotton flowers directly onto metal machetes similar to those traditionally used to harvest cotton plants. The series refers to the Baixa de Cassanje, a 1961 uprising led by the agricultural workers of a Portuguese-Belgian cotton plantation in Malanje that was violently suppressed by the Portuguese authorities. The event, which started as a workers’ protest for better working conditions, is now considered the first battle of the Angolan War of Independence, and forms the core of Vidal’s reflection around political dissent and the spirit of social revolution. Francisco Vidal was born in Lisbon in 1978 and lives between Luanda and Lisbon. He is currently part of the official selection of the Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale and has been selected, with e-studio Luanda, for the Art Dubai 2016 A.i.R. Dubai residency. Until Sat 19 Dec on Tues-Fri at 11am-6pm and Sat at 12-5pm at Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.tiwani.co.uk
~ ALKEBU-LAN REVIVALIST MOVEMENT ‘KWANZAA’. Alkebu-Lan will be staging their Kwanzaa again for the first time in 10 years. Kwanzaa is a Pan-Afrikan festive celebration of family, community, Culture, and achievements, observed by an estimated 50 million Afrikans worldwide. It is observed for seven days from the 26 Dec-1 Jan. The ethos of Kwanzaa is to inspire Afrikans to reclaim, rescue and reconstruct our Afrikan heritage, as our natural source of identity and direction towards our total liberation. Join in this Cultural Explosion to celebrate and manifest the very best of what it means to be an Afrikan! Performances by: Soul Force Panthers; Alkebulan Academy of Excellence (Saturday School); Maat Academy of Excellence Children; Raspect Fyabinghi; JJ Soulx; Souljah MC; Jo Ceasar; Curmiah Lisette; West Afrikan Dance Troop; and West Afrikan Griot (Story Teller). Music by Natural Mystic. Special Nguzo Saba awards for outstanding achievements in the Community! On Mon 28 Dec at 2-9pm at the Karibu Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, London, SW9 7PH. Tel: 020 8539 2154 / 07908 814 152. Web: www.alkebulan.org
~ RAS PRESENTS ‘AFRICA IN 2016: PROSPECTS & FORECASTS’. A panel of experts sheds light on the key issues facing the continent for the year ahead, from political and economic trends to burgeoning creative industries. On Wed 13 Jan at 6.30-8.30pm at Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG.
~ ‘AFRICAN THREADS, HACKNEY STYLE: 400 YEARS OF TEXTILES JOURNEYS FROM AFRICA TO HACKNEY’. This exhibition explores Hackney’s historic ties with Africa through fabric and fashion. Uncover their influence on the local area, from 17th century trade with West Afrika by Hackney merchants to the presence of Afrikan communities and textiles in Hackney today. Discover how textiles were produced in different regions of Afrika and the meaning behind some of their bold designs. The exhibition features stunning costumes, photographs and local people. At Hackney Museum, Technology And Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ.
~ ‘NO COLOUR BAR: BLACK BRITISH ART IN ACTION 1960-1990’. Exhibition of the archive of the Guyanese campaigners and publishers Eric and Jessica Huntley. Until Sun 24 Jan 2016 at Mon-Sat at 10am-5pm and Sun 12-4pm at Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE. Adm: Free. Tel: 020 7332 3700. Twitter: @NoColourBar Web: www.nocolourbar.london
‘West Africa - Mission from cape’
~ ‘WEST AFRICA: WORD, SYMBOL, SONG’. An exhibition of literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today using beautiful manuscripts, sound, film and more, tracing the written and oral cultural history of West Africa for the past three centuries. Fascinating stories from the region’s 17 nations show how West Africans have harnessed the power of words to build societies, drive political movements, sustain religious belief and fight injustice. Hear the myth of the founding of ancient Mali in recorded performance. See the influence of religion through colourful fabric and the saddlebag Qur’an. Celebrate writers and artists including Africa’s first Nobel prize winner, Wole Soyinka, and internationally acclaimed musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti. At the PACCAR Gallery, British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. Adm: £10 / Under-18s – Free / Concs available. Tel: +44 (0)1937 546 546. E-mail: email@example.com Web: http://www.bl.uk/events/west-africa-word-symbol-song
~ THE BRUNEI GALLERY PRESENTS ‘SAND IN MY EYES, SUDANESE MOMENTS’. Photography & Oral Tradition from Sudan by Enikö Nagy. From 15 Jan-19 Mar on Tues-Sat at 10.30am-5pm (late night Thurs til 8pm) at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh St, London, WC1H 0XG. Adm: Free. Tel: 020 7898 4046. Web: www.soas.ac.uk/gallery
~ JENGBA MEETINGS. JENGbA campaigners can deliver lectures to Law, Criminology, Media, Sociology, Youth Studies departments as well as school children. On the second Tues of every month at 7pm at Edward Woods Community Centre, London, W11 4TX. Tel: 07709 115793 / 07725 727520 (Media Enquiries). New office: Office A, Norland House, Queensdale Cresent, London, W11 4TL. E-mail: JointEnterpriseInfo@Gmail.com / JengbaMedia@Gmail.com
~ BUNDU DIA KONGO (BDK). African cultural and spiritual group, working towards the spiritual and psychological growth and development of Africans all over the world. Let us make a positive change now. Our story pre-dates Egypt and continues today. Come and learn about African prophets, African history and African spiritual practices at our weekly Zikua.
- Sun at 1.30–4.30pm at 108 Battersea High Street, London, SW11 3HPTel: Makaba - 07951 059 853. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sun at 12.30–3.15pm at Malika House, 81 George Street, Lozells, Birmingham, B19 1Sl. Tel: Mbuta Mayala – 07404 789 329.
~ THE AUSAR AUSET SOCIETY GI GONG CLASSES. Every Monday at 7.30–9pm at Hazel Road Community Centre, Hazel Road, Kensal Green, London, NW10 5PP. Adm: £5 per class. Tel: 07951- 252-427. E-mail: Tauinetwork.email@example.com
Contact: Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org NB: Nubiart Diary can also be read at www.ligali.org